trailer round-up damsel

If you’re looking for some professionals to ask for filmmaking advise, you could do worse than the Zellner Brothers. They’ve been making indie features for a decade now and shorts for even longer. They know a thing or two about getting films made.

Their latest is Damsel, a western that asks a lot of questions about its genre and society as a whole. Samuel (Robert Pattinson) is on a mission to rescue his fiancé Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). All is not what it seems with Samuel and Penelope and the old west in which they live, and Damsel gets further and further away from a traditional cowboy movie. (Read our review here.)

David and Nathan Zellner spoke with /Film about Damsel and how to make indie movies in Los Angeles. Some mild spoilers might make this a better read after you see Damsel but nothing too specific for anyone who hasn’t yet. Damsel is now playing in theaters.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp Hannah John-Kamen interview

Hannah John-Kamen played Ben Mendelsohn’s number two baddie earlier this year in Ready Player One, but she’s graduating from henchwoman to supervillain in Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp. The British actress plays Ghost, a character who…well, who we don’t really know much about at this point. Marvel is trying very hard to keep this character’s details under wraps, which made for an interesting dance during our interview with John-Kamen on the film’s set outside Atlanta last fall.

Read on for our full Ant-Man and the Wasp Hannah John-Kamen interview, and see if you can pick out any secrets hiding in plain sight. Read More »

Tag Director Interview

The story behind the new film Tag is so simple and ridiculous, there’s no way it could be real, which of course it is. Based on a Wall Street Journal article about 10 men who have been friends since they were kids, the film concerns a game of tag that has been going on for decades among these folks (streamlined to five players for the movie, played by Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress and Jake Johnson), who dedicate a single month per year to actively playing. Naturally, the game has also kept these lifelong pals close for a lot longer than most friendships survive, and it’s that emotional core that makes Tag something more than just a silly action comedy.

With a cast this strong (also including Isla Fisher, Rashida Jones, Leslie Bibb and Annabelle Wallis), it’s surprising that the film comes from a first-time feature director, Jeff Tomsic, who comes to the project with many years’ experience producing and directing an array of stand-up specials and comedy series, such as Broad City, This Is Not Happening, and Idiotsitter.

/Film spoke recently with Tomsic about Tag (which is in theaters now) in Chicago, covering how he pulled together such an impressive cast, Renner’s well-reported accident that left him with two broken arms, which insane tagging scenarios in the film were based on real incidents, and how he kept the very silly story rooted in the friendship.

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Luke Cage Showrunner Interview

When Luke Cage (Mike Colter) made his first appearance in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, he was the long awaited personification of one of Marvel’s seminal black superheroes. His own show was up next. Now that season 2 is here, Luke Cage is joined by Black Panther in theaters and Black Lightning on network TV – black superheroes are finally coming into their own on the big and small screens.

Season 2 of Luke Cage picks up with Luke trying to keep a low profile in Harlem but it’s even harder now that people have seen his heroics. They even came out with an app to track Luke’s movements. Bad guys try to find a way to hurt him, but even the Judas Bullets don’t pack the punch they used to. That is, until John McIver, AKA Bushmaster, comes to town.

Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker spoke with /Film by phone about season 2, which he hopes “breaks Netflix.” We’ll find out when season two drops Friday, June 22.

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jurassic world 3 info

Last week, I had the opportunity to talk to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona about the making of his latest film. We talk about why he decided to direct Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom after turning down the first film, his very collaborative relationship with co-writer/producer Colin Trevorrow, the creation of one of my favorite action sequences from the film, and the decision to make this a story about saving the dinosaurs.

You can read the full interview below. There are no real spoilers in the discussion (the Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom one shot action sequence we talk about is in the trailers), so feel free to dive in.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp Michael Douglas interview

Last fall, the legendary Michael Douglas enters a conference room in a sound stage a few feet from where he was just filming a scene with his Ant-Man and the Wasp co-star Paul Rudd. Douglas, who plays the brilliant scientist/engineer Hank Pym in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is in a pleasant, upbeat mood, asking myself and the handful of other journalists if we’re enjoying our lunch. “The veggie burger was good. I don’t know if anybody’s had the veggie burger,” he says. “The food’s good here!”

Douglas’s cheery disposition is a far cry from the scene in which we just saw him perform: from monitors on the sound stage, we watched as Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) exits a van, leaving Hank Pym and his estranged protege Scott Lang (Rudd) alone in the vehicle. “She seems more intense,” Scott quips. But Hank is in no mood for jokes. “She hasn’t seen her mother in 30 years, and she’s so close to finding her. How would you be?” he responds coldly.

Ant-Man and the Wasp follows Hank and Hope on a quest to find Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), the original Wasp, who was lost in the Quantum Realm decades earlier. During a break between takes, we spoke with Douglas about stepping back into a familiar role, how Hank Pym has changed since the events of the first movie, and much more. Read our full Ant-Man and the Wasp Michael Douglas interview below. Read More »

Ant-Man and the Wasp Evangeline Lilly interview

Just a few steps from the set of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp, a few other writers and I caught up with actress Evangeline Lilly, who has graduated from Scott Lang’s begrudging trainer/love interest in the original Ant-Man to a full-fledged superhero in her own right in this sequel. During a break from filming, the lively actress spoke with us about how different Hope van Dyne will be from the last time we saw her on screen, the cool gadgets and technology her character utilizes in the film, her approach to stunt training, and a whole lot more.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp Paul Rudd interview

On a nice September day at Pinewood Studios outside of Atlanta, a handful of journalists and I spoke with one of Marvel’s smallest superheroes on the set of Ant-Man and the Wasp. The effervescent Paul Rudd, who often radiates boundless energy on screen, seemed, well, a little exhausted. It’s hard to blame him – at the time, he was in the middle of filming two major Marvel movies simultaneously, bouncing back and forth between the set of Ant-Man and the Wasp and the Russo Brothers’ Avengers 4 (which was also filming at the same production facility).

Despite what must have been a monumentally busy day, the actor/writer was nice enough to make time to chat with us in between takes and still managed to crack a few jokes in the process. The man who plays reformed thief Scott Lang explained what Scott’s up to when we meet him in director Peyton Reed’s sequel, the character’s new suit, working closer with the Wasp this time, the challenges of co-writing the screenplay, and much more. Read on for our full Ant-Man and the Wasp Paul Rudd interview. Read More »

Ant-Man and the Wasp Peyton Reed interview

Last fall, I visited the Atlanta set of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp with a batch of other online reporters. During any set visit for a major film, having a chance to actually speak with the director is far from a guarantee: they’re often just a tiny bit busy as they carry the weight of a hundred-million-dollar-plus behemoth on their backs. But Peyton Reed, the director of Ant-Man and who’s behind the camera again for this sequel, devoted seventeen minutes of his time to talk to us in between takes. That may not seem like a long time, but for an on-set interview, it’s an eternity.

Considering the circumstances, I expected Reed to be at least slightly frazzled, but he was easy-going, thorough, and game to answer any question we threw his way. He told us about the ticking clock aspect of his sequel, the challenges of sharing star Paul Rudd with a neighboring production, giving Hope van Dyne’s character added importance this time around, and much more.

Read our full Ant-Man and the Wasp Peyton Reed interview below. Read More »

Brad Bird Incredibles 2 Interview

Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with director Brad Bird and producers Nicole Paradis Grindle and John Walker about their new film Incredibles 2. We talked about the reason to make an Incredibles sequel, the different variations the story took through development, Bird’s thoughts on The Iron Giant in Ready Player One, the possibility of a Jack-Jack/Edna short film, the influence of Jonny Quest and Outer Limits on this movie, the unique collaboration with artist Eric Tan, and much more.

This interview is spoiler-free, so feel free to read it before or after you see the movie in theaters this weekend!

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